Removal of the Confederate Monument from Lakeview Cemetery, Seatte
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Lakeview Cemetery is a historic part of Seattle. It the final resting place of the first European settlers in the area, such as Arthur Denny, Doc Maynard and Thomas Mercer. The graves of martial arts legend Bruce Lee and his son, Brandon Lee, also attract many tourists and visitors to the cemetery.
Just inside the entrance to the Lakeview Cemetery is a large Confederate Memorial. Though this memorial resides in a cemetery, it does not mark a grave. There is no one buried underneath and it is not a headstone or grave marker of any kind. It does not have any Confederate soldier's name other than Robert E. Lee on it.
What the memorial does have are two Confederate flags and an adoration of the Confederate general. The only purpose that this monument serves is to idolize the men who fought for their right to keep other people enslaved.
To that point, the people who created and erected the memorial are a hate group called the Daughters of the Confederacy. The DoC are a women's branch of the KKK, whose history is quite well documented. The granite that is used in the monument comes from Stone Mountain, GA- the location of the re-founding of the KKK, and a notorious Confederate monument itself.
In light of recent events around the nation, especially and including the recent violence from white nationalists, neo-Nazis and the KKK surrounding Confederate memorials, I implore the Lakeview Cemetery Association, the Seattle City Council and Mayor Ed Murray to move swiftly in removing this blight from our city.
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